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Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award

"generous and disinterested service to others", since 1927

History || Selection Process || Past Recipients || Contacts

History of the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award

The Algernon Sydney Sullivan Awards were established by the New York Southern Society in 1925 in memory of Mr. Sullivan, a prominent lawyer, businessman, and philanthropist in New York in the late 19th century. The Society and carefully selected colleges and universities jointly arrange for the issue of medallions which are to be perpetual reminders of Algernon Sydney Sullivan, the memory of whose life has been handed down with loving and grateful admiration as one that was a continuous expression of those high qualities which ennoble and beautify living and bind man to man in mutual love and helpfulness. Such lives must ever be encouraging and inspiring; they justify our highest ideals and hopes.

Algernon Sydney Sullivan, born in Indiana in 1826, rose to success in New York City as a respected lawyer and a man who "reached out both hands in constant helpfulness" to others. After his death in 1887, the Society sought to honor him and the award bearing his name was established in 1925 by a Sullivan Memorial Committee and the New York Southern Society, which Mr. Sullivan had served as its first president. The award seeks to perpetuate the excellence of character and humanitarian service of Algernon Sydney Sullivan by recognizing and honoring such qualities in others. It was first presented in June 1925 at the George Peabody College for Teachers in Nashville, Tennessee, now a part of Vanderbilt University.

Funded by the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Foundation and administered by the New York Southern Society the awards stem from the Society's wish to establish a permanent reminder of the "noblest human qualities as expressed and followed in the life of its first president, Algernon Sydney Sullivan; and to do so in a manner which will perpetuate the influence of such a man, not so much as an individual but as a type." The prestigious awards are given only by selected "representative institutions." After the New York Southern Society closed its doors, the awards were continued by the Sullivan Foundation and grew to include more and more institutions throughout the South. Washington and Lee University has been recognizing Sullivan Award winners since 1927.

Mary Mildred Sullivan, Algernon Sullivan's wife, a Virginian, was likewise a person imbued with humanitarian spirit. In 1940, the New York Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, which Mrs. Sullivan had helped establish and which she had been the first president, created the Mary Mildred Sullivan Award. It honors persons who demonstrate the "spirit of helpfulness and an awareness of the beauty and value of the intangible elements of life." In 1949, the Southern Society agreed to administer the award and did so until the Society went out of existence in 1973.

Since 1973 the Sullivan Foundation, formalized in the late 1920s by Mary Mildred Sullivan and her son, George, has administered both the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Awards and the Mary Mildred Sullivan Awards.

Washington and Lee presents the Algernon Sydney Sullivan award to the undergraduate senior man and woman, as determined by a vote of the faculty, who exhibit Sullivan's ideals of heart, mind, and conduct as evidenced by a spirit of love for and helpfulness to others, who "excel in high ideals of living, in fine spiritual qualities, and in generous and unselfish service to others. When the institution makes the Student Award, it appoints the recipient as its representative to bear its standard before the world." The standards of Washington and Lee may be judged by the character of the individuals to whom the award is made.

Selection Process

Only undergraduate seniors are eligible for this award. The Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students announces the beginning of the nomination process in early April, including a description of the qualities sought. At the May undergraduate faculty meeting, the names of the nominees are presented along with a brief synopsis of the students' accomplishments and activities, prepared by the Dean of Students and the University Registrar from the nominations and other sources. The faculty votes by secret ballot for one man and one woman. The man and woman receiving a majority of votes cast are given the award.

Award recipients from Washington and Lee

June 7, 1927
Robert Wilbur Simmons, B.A.

June 5, 1928
Robert Fernald Howe, B.A.

June 4, 1929
Joseph McWhorter Holt, LL.B., B.S. (1925)

June 3, 1930
Edward Spencer Graves, B.A. - Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude

John Philip Lynch Jr., B.A. - Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude

June 9, 1931
James Hardy Dillard, M.A. (l876), B.L. (1877)

Lewis Franklin Powell Jr., LL.B., B.S. (l929)

June 7, 1932
Henry Donald Campbell (Dean of the University and Professor of Geology), M.A. (l882), Ph.D. (1885)

Hartwell Leigh Williams Jr., B.S.

June 6, 1933
Carl Brannon Vickers, B.A., LL.B. (1934)

June 5, 1934
Amos Alonzo Bolen, B.A., Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude, J.D. (1937)

Manning Holland Williams, B.A. - Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude

June 7, 1935
Richard Thomas Edwards, LL.B., B.A. (1933)

June 12, 1936
Robert Lee Brickhouse, B.A. - magna cum laude

William Schuhle Jr., M.A., B.A. (1935)

June 11, 1937
Latham Burrows Weber, B.A. - Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude, Certificate in Journalism

June 10, 1938
Harry Melvin Philpott, B.A. - cum laude

June 9, 1939
William Warner Brown, B.A. - Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude

Edgar Finley Shannon Jr., B.A. - Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude

June 7, 1940
Henry Taylor Wickham, B.A. (1868)

Augustus Lea Booth, B.A. - cum laude

William McClain Read, B.A. - Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude

June 6, 1941
Allen Thomas Snyder, LL.B., B.S. (1939)

May 26, 1942
Thomas Alonzo Clark, B.S. - cum laude

Daniel Curtis Lewis Jr., B.A. - cum laude

May 19, 1943
Corneal Bernard Myers Jr., B.A. - Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude, J.D. (1948)

William Joseph Noonan Jr., B.S. - cum laude

April 29, 1944
William Bell Guthrie, B.A. - Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude

1945 - No award

1946 - No award

June 6, 1947
Jon Raymond Rugel, B.S. - Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude (1948)

June 4, 1948
Herbert Petrie Mitchell, B.A.

June 10, 1949
Granville Sumner Ridley Bouldin, B.S. - cum laude, J.D. (1951)

June 9, 1950
Gordon Kennedy Jr., B.S.

June 8, 1951
Donald Mayo Fergusson, B.A. - cum laude

June 6, 1952
Joseph Halstead McGee Jr., LL.B., B.A. (1950)

June 5, 1953
William Melville Bailey, B.S. - Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude, J.D. (1955)

June 4, 1954
William Clifford Guthrie Jr., LL.B. - Order of the Coif, magna cum laude

Katherine Jordan Moody

Re-awarded to: William Melville Bailey, B.S. (1953), J.D. (1955)

June 5, 1955
Watson Allen Bowes Jr., B.S. - Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude

June 8, 1956
Sidmon Joel Kaplan, B.A.

June 7, 1957
Robert Day Miller, B.A.

June 6, 1958
William Richard Goodman Jr., B.A. - cum laude

John Gill Holland Jr., B.A. - cum laude

June 5, 1959
Samuel Henderson Adams Jr., B.A. - Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude

June 3, 1960
Sandy Cole Marks Jr., B.S. - Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude

June 2, 1961
John Malcolm Brownlee Jr., B.A. - cum laude

June 8, 1962
Raymond Robert Robrecht Jr., J.D. - cum laude, B.A. (1959)

June 7, 1963
Robert Meade Christian Jr., B.A. - Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude

June 5, 1964
Paul Rodman Cockshutt Jr., B.A. - cum laude

June 4, 1965
Christopher McCallum Kell, B.A. - Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude

June 3, 1966
Charles Ganahl Walker III, B.A. - Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude

June 2, 1967
Robert Allen Brenner, B.A.

June 7, 1968
Jack William Chaffin, B.S.

June 6, 1969
John Ellsworth Passavant III, B.S.

June 5, 1970
Marvin Charles Henberg, B.A. - Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude

June 4, 1971
John Malcolm McCardell Jr., B.A. - cum laude

June 1, 1972
Robert Eugene Munson Jr. (awarded posthumously), Class of 1969

May 31, 1973
Richard Homer Graham, B.A. - Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude

May 30, 1974
Floyd Wallace Lewis Jr., B.A. - Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude

May 29, 1975
William Hathaway Sturges, B.A. - cum laude

June 3, 1976
Thomas Parker Hudgins Jr., B.A. - Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude

May 26, 1977
Edward Terrell Atwood III, B.S.

June 1, 1978
Richard Wellhouse Stein, B.A. - cum laude

June 7, 1979
Harry Franklin Hoke III, B.S. - Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude

June 5, 1980
Jay Judah Blumberg, B.A. - cum laude

June 4, 1981
Robert Harold Willis Jr., B.A. - Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude

June 3, 1982
James Franklin Williams, B.S. - Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude

June 2, 1983
John Christopher Vlahoplus, B.A. - Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude

May 3l, 1984
Tori Cliffon Anthony Richardson, B.A. - cum laude

June 6, 1985
Christopher Hale Williams, B.S. - Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude

June 5, 1986
John-Paul Bouffard, B.A. - Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude

June 4, 1987
Steven Frederick Pockrass, B.A. - Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude

June 2, 1988
John Michael Gorlowski, B.S. - cum laude

June 1, 1989
Marion McBride Herring, B.S. - magna cum laude

June 7, 1990
George Wesley Boyd, B.A. - Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude

Nancy Louise Hickam, B.A. - Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude,

June 6, 1991
Willard Loring Dumas III, B.A.

Mary Regina Seeger Hampson, B.A. - magna cum laude

June 4, 1992
Sarah Elizabeth Briggs, B.A. - Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude

John Thomas Cox III, B.A. - Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude

June 3, 1993
Mary Jo Geyer, B.A. - Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude

Philip Edward Spears, B.A.

June 2, 1994
Angie Lauren Carrington, B.A. - Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude

Patrick Francis McDermott, B.A.

June 1, 1995
Francie Lynn Cohen, B.A.

Joshua Andrew Cook, B.A. - Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude

June 6, 1996
Nova Ann Clarke, B.A.

S R Evans III, B.A. & B.S. - Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude

May 8, 1997
Elizabeth Hampton Cox, B.S. - Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude

Anthony Joseph Mazzarelli, B.S. - Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude

June 4, 1998
Matthew Michael Graves, B.A. - cum laude

Mary Josephine Mahoney, B.S. - Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude

June 3, 1999
Jason Hahn, B.A. - magna cum laude

Sara McCrone, B.A. & B.S. - Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude

June 1, 2000
Renita Cherise Perkins, B.S.

Steven Charles Straub, B.A. - Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude

June 7, 2001
Jeffery Kenneth Cook, B.A.

Jennifer Ruth Strawbridge, B.A. - Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude

June 6, 2002
Stacy Lyn McLoughlin, B.A. - magna cum laude

Matthew Richard Petrusek, B.A. - Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude

June 5, 2003
Robert Earl Benson, B.S. - magna cum laude

Carroll Armour Thompson, B.A. - Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude

June 3, 2004
Austin Injae Kim, B.A. - Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude

Joanna Traffley Perini, B.A. - magna cum laude

June 2, 2005
Tran Gia Kim, B.A.

Jeremiah Daniel McWilliams, B.A. - Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude

June 1, 2006
Julian Ainsworth Ledford, B.A. - magna cum laude

Jessica Catherine Lloyd, B.S. - Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude

June 7, 2007
Meghan Dana Joss, B.S. - magna cum laude

Samuel Amasa Wilmoth, B.A. - Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude

June 5, 2008
Dane Ethan Boston, B.A. - Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude

Alice Shih, B.A. - Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude

June 4, 2009
Christopher Lee Martin Jr., B.A. - Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude

Elizabeth Gates Webb, B.S. - summa cum laude

May 27, 2010
Kushal Naresh Harjani, B.S.

Kathryn Paige Boiles, B.A. - Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude

May 26, 2011
David James Doobin, B.S. - Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude

Yasmine Espert, B.A. - magna cum laude

May 24, 2012
Clarke DeSaussure Morrison, B.A. - cum laude

Shiri Yadlin, B.A. - Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude

May 23, 2013
Kendré S. Barnes, B.A. - magna cum laude

Wayde Zachary Christian Marsh, B.A. - Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude

May 22, 2104
Annelise Alissa Madison, B.A. - Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude

Alvin George Thomas, B.S. - Honors in Engineering

Contacts

At Washington and Lee University:
Ms. Sidney Evans, Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students (nominations)
telephone: 540.458.8751
facsimile: 540.458.8155
or
Mr. Scott Dittman, University Registrar (administration, comments or corrections on biography links)
telephone: 540.458.8455
facsimile: 540.458.8045

At the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Foundation:
Ms. Rebecca Camarigg
Director of Programs
Algernon Sydney Sullivan Foundation
www.sullivanfdn.org
P.O. Box 1113
Oxford, MS 38655
telephone: 662.236.633
facsimile: 662.236.0090